COP26: UK commits to zero emission HGVs by 2040

At last week’s COP26 summit, the UK government committed to insisting that all new HGVs of 26 tonnes and under must be zero-tailpipe emissions by 2040. This would then mean that all new car and lorry sales will be zero emission within the next 18 years. The UK is the first country to aim at this target.

At the Glasgow summit’s Transport Day, 34 countries, six major automotive manufacturers, 41 cities, 28 fleets and 13 investors jointly announced that all their car and van sales or purchases will be zero emission by 2040 and 2035 in leading markets.

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said at the COP26 summit, “From our roads to the skies, the transition to zero emission transport has reached a tipping point. We know that transport plays a key role saving the planet from warming above 1.5°C, which is why this is the COP that will kick start our ambition for zero emission aviation and why I’m proud to be uniting world leaders to tackle climate change – creating new opportunities for clean growth, green jobs and improved air quality right across the globe.

To support the transition to EVs, it’s integral that we have the infrastructure to support it. My vision is for the UK to have one of the best EV infrastructure networks in the world, with excellent British design at its heart.”